Payments to recipient provinces are increasing even as the gap between richer and poorer provinces shrinks.
The economic gap between provinces has shrunk yet equalization payments have continued to increase.
As a share of the province’s total government revenue, New Brunswick’s equalization payments fell from 23.7 per cent to 19 per cent.
The legislative resolution, not the referendum, will trigger the duty to negotiate.
If federalism means anything, provinces must have real responsibilities.
Jason Kenney, leadership candidate for Alberta’s United Conservative Party, called for reform to Canada’s equalization program.